Dear Elder Gerrit W. Gong


Dear Elder Gong,

This past May, you and your wife Susan, spoke at BYU’s women’s conference.  Susan shared “three observations about what it might mean to love as Jesus loves.”

The first one was to understand.  She said, “There is healing, there is hope in just being known, just being understood.” She added, “If I am to love as Jesus would love, what do I need to do? I need to learn to listen.”

Secondly, she said, we must “feel compassion.”  Specifically she stated that “compassion requires imagination and intention . . . To feel how it really feels to have been abused.”

And finally she concludes, “Like the Good Samaritan, when Christ finds us suffering, He has compassion on us, He comes to us, binds our wounds, and brings us to the inn and cares for us.”

Elder Gong, there are wounded travelers on the side of the road.  They have asked to meet with you.  As your wife said, they long to be heard and understood.  Who will stop and love them as Jesus did?  And who will pass them by on the side of the road?

These wounded travelers are victims of abuse at the hand of church leaders who gained access to their victims through our church’s own policies that allow private one on one interviews where leaders can inquire after personal sexual issues.  This policy has the unintended consequence of providing cover and opportunity for the worst desires of humanity and this must change.

I plead with you, come and talk with the wounded travelers. Share the Savior’s love with them. Have compassion and hear their stories. Love them as Christ would if he were here.  It is me to them.

I trust that as a disciple of Christ  you will know what our Savior expects of you to be the Good Samaritan and not pass by like the priest or the Levite.

For a total of fifteen days, an event is being held across the street from temple square.  It is called a “Temple-side Chat with an Apostle.”  Each day, one of the apostles will be invited to join us.  A chair will be provided for his comfort.  The chat will last around an hour, unless the apostle desires to extend it.

Elder Gong, you are the apostle who I’m cordially inviting to join us on Monday, July 30th at 7:00pm.  The chat will be broadcast live on FB.  You will reach 10’s of 1,000’s around the world with your healing words.

With Love,

Sam Young

P.S.  This invitation was not composed by me.  It was written by a woman, an active member of the church.  She fears family and ward backlash if she were to openly sign this letter.

3 thoughts on “Dear Elder Gerrit W. Gong

  1. Sam, I know you’re VERY busy so you probably won’t see this for a while, but I just wanted you to know I’m thinking about you and praying for you and your health, both mentally and physically. You’re a hero, Sam!! Much love and hugs to you!!


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  2. Sending prayers and love. I wish I could be there. You are amazing Sam! I know angels will hold you up. Your cause is just. You have support! It is so sad that the brethren are not showing up. It shows me more than ever that they are controlled by their corporation status and lawyers. I hope that faithful LDS will consider this, I know that I am and am thinking why should I pay tithing to have it be used for lawyers and sex abuse settlement cases?

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  3. Sam, We just got home from our family camping vacation yesterday, Mon July 30. We had no internet access while we were camping. How did it go? Penni

    On Sun, Jul 29, 2018 at 4:32 PM, Tocubit Is Invisible’s Cubit wrote:

    > Sam Young posted: ” Dear Elder Gong, This past May, you and your wife > Susan, spoke at BYU’s women’s conference. Susan shared “three observations > about what it might mean to love as Jesus loves.” The first one was to > understand. She said, “There is healing, there is hop” >

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